A lot of my friends send me material about the English language because they know I adore such things. Here’s just one of them titled “English is Very Strange.” (I am unaware of the author to give credit.)
– Did you know that ‘verb’ is a noun?
– How can you look up words in a dictionary if you can’t spell them?
– If a word is misspelled in a dictionary, how would we ever know?
– If two mouses are mice and two louses are lice, why aren’t two houses hice?
– If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words?
– If you’ve read a book, you can reread it. But wouldn’t this also mean that you would have to ‘member’ somebody in order to remember them?
– Is it a coincidence that the only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable?
– Is there another word for a synonym?
– Shouldn’t there be a shorter word for ‘monosyllabic’?
– Why can’t you make another word using all the letters in ‘anagram’?
– Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?
– Why do overlook and oversee mean opposite things?
– Why do some people type ‘cool’ as ‘kewl?’
– Why does ‘slow down’ and ‘slow up’ mean the same thing?
– Why does flammable and inflammable mean the same thing?
– Why does X stand for a kiss and O stand for a hug?
– Why is ‘crazy man’ an insult, while to insert a comma and say ‘Crazy, man!’ is a compliment?
– Why are a wise man and wise guy opposites?
– Why is it that we recite at a play and play at a recital?
– Why is the alphabet in that order? Is it because of that song?
– Why isn’t ‘palindrome’ spelled the same way backwards?
– Why isn’t phonetic spelled the way it sounds?